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Your AJHS eNewsletter has arrived – Week 10

School of Opportunity

Principal’s Note

Welcome to our last newsletter of Term 2, 2021. It is both a sad and an exciting time for me to write this article, as it is the last one I shall write as AJHS Principal. I am confident the school is well prepared for the next part of the journey towards empowering each learner to excel in a fast moving world.

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A Brilliant Year 8 Camp – a Students Perspective

Year 8 camp was a blast! It was a great experience that my friends and I will never forget, and was by far the highlight of the year. Thanks to camp, I have come away with new friends, and made a closer connection with the friends I already have. With every activity I completed, I came away with a new set of skills. 

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Music Evening – Wednesday 30 June

An audience of well over 160 gathered in the PAC last Wednesday night for our second Music Evening of 2021. They were entertained by a wide variety of items ranging from the Big Band to solo performers, playing a range of pieces including originals. While the standard of performances was incredibly high, special mention must be made of the novices who made their stage debut this term. We look forward to seeing you all back again for a phenomenal celebration of musical talent in Term 3.

Music Month Depot Sound North Shore Songwriting Competition Awards Ceremony

On Sunday 4 July Leigh Edmeades and Grace Allis were recognised at the Music Month Songwriting Competition Awards hosted by Depot Sound in Devonport. After the official awards ceremony, the winners performed their original songs live. Grace performed “Tidy Floor” and Leigh performed “Beautiful Creatures”. They have each won a day in the studio to record their songs, and are to be congratulated on their outstanding achievements. 

Year 7 Bike Skills Training

Throughout Term Two all Year 7 classes have had two full days of Bike Skills Training taken by BigFoot Adventures. These were kindly provided free of charge by Auckland Transport.

The lessons were fun and challenging, and most students gained the necessary skills to be able to cycle safely on our surrounding roads. It was awesome to see such a high participation level, and hopefully more of our students will be cycling to school with confidence in the future. 

Year 8 and Year 9 Option Evening – Thursday 5 August – Save the Date!

Our Option Evening is an information event for our Year 8 and Year 9 students. It’s presented in an expo format in the gym and gives students and caregivers a showcase of the options available in the various curriculum areas. It is an ideal time to discuss with teachers the future pathway for your child. The option process for 2022 will begin the following week. More information to come over the next month. 

Food Technology Students Create Exciting Flavour Combo

Our Year 9 Food Technology students have been very busy over the last two terms creating new unique flavours for custom cupcake shop ‘Whipped Cakery’. Last week, four groups were selected to make their products for Whipped Cakery owners Jay and Alyssa, to trial and select their favourite product.

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Engineer – Problem Solve – Innovate

Our Science Department is looking for four teams (4 students per team) of budding scientists / engineers to enter the annual EPro8 Competition. This national competition is an inter-school challenge with over 10,000 students from 800 schools entering every year. Click here for more details

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Visual Art Whanau Cup Challenge

We are excited to announce the winners of the Year 7-10 Visual Art Challenge for Term 2. Over 100 entries were received by the Arts Department in response to the Challenge. The theme was ‘Let your Art be as unique as you!’.

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Growing up in Ceausescu’s Romania

On June 22 two Humanities classes joined together to listen to our guest speaker and AJHS parent, Natalia Savancea. Both classes spent the session enthralled with Natalia’s stories of growing up in Romania, which was a communist nation until 1989.

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Celebrating Matariki

This week we enjoyed celebrating Matariki, the start of the Māori New Year. It is a time of renewal and celebration that begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster that appears in the night sky during mid-winter.

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A Full Chinese Experience

Last Friday July 3rd, 35 students from the Year 9 Mandarin class and the AWT Friday Program class visited the New Zealand Multicultural Exchange and Experience Center in East Tamaki. 

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Australian Mathematics Competition 2021

The annual Australian Mathematics Competition will be held on Thursday 5 August. 

Participants will be notified of the assessment time and location closer to the date.

Entry forms are available at reception.

Year 7 and Year 8 Basketball Semester 1 Success

We have had 70 Year 7 and 8 students playing across 9 teams in the semester 1 North Harbour Basketball Competition. Monday night was the final night for the semester and we would like to congratulate all of our teams but especially our AJHS Clippers and AJHS Sparks teams.

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Life Education Bus

Every year the charity ‘Life Education’ visits AJHS to work with our students, educating and inspiring them to make positive choices. They provide programmes focused around health and wellbeing, delivered through interactive learning experiences in schools by trained registered teachers.

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Term 3 Sports Opportunities

A reminder of the opportunities for term 3 sport. Registrations are still open for:

Table tennis competition – year 7 – 10

Table tennis club – year 7 – 10

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Taking the Ocean into the Classroom

During the first week of Term 3, Year 9 science students will get a fantastic opportunity to explore the wonder of what’s beneath the surface of our oceans through an underwater virtual reality (VR) experience.

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Forensic Students Learn About Gun Safety

As part of our academic unit on Firearms and Ballistics, AJHS forensics students were lucky enough to have a guest lecture by AUT’s Mark Jones. Mark is a senior lecturer with a specialty in physical activity as well as nutrition and outdoor education.

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Dance Showcase

After two terms of planning and a full day of rehearsals, the Year 9 and Year 10 Dance students brought the stage to life with their incredible performances. With a special dedication to one of our previous teachers, Victor Sulfa, we also made use of one of his beautiful new songs. From high energy hip hop, technical tap, meaningful Lyrical, to dressing gowns and messy hair, our students performed with energy and charisma and it was a night to remember!

Girls U15 Rugby

Our AJHS girls Under 15 rugby team is a combined team with Kristin School and plays against other North Harbour schools. The season so far has been a great success with some convincing wins and close losses. The girls have shown some impressive abilities and a willingness to learn and get stuck in.

The next home game is Monday 16th August at 4pm.

International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) 2021

ICAS is an international test used by schools and teachers to better understand what each student can and can’t do at a given point in time and to help track student progress from year to year. These assessments are used as a component of testing a student’s overall academic achievement for a particular year.

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The Library Joins in Welcoming Matariki to our Skies

Matariki has always been seen as an important time to celebrate the earth and to show respect for the land on which we live. The significance of our harvest table in the library is to represent how Matariki was thought to determine your crop for the coming season.

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Sports Achievements

Last Sunday saw the second round of the Auckland schools Mons Royale mountain biking series.  On the same day Northern Rocks presented Boulder, the second event in a 3 round series. We had several students competing in the Diving New Zealand Skills & Age Nationals held in Dunedin. And we represented at the North Harbour Table Tennis zone day!

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NZ Secondary School Photography Competition

Year 10 Photography Student Caleb Griffiths-Jones has been shortlisted for the New Zealand Secondary School Photography Competition.

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Open Evening at AJHS – 2022 Enrolment

We warmly invite prospective students and parents/caregivers to our open evening, where you’ll discover the incredible opportunities available to your children when they join our Albany Junior High School (AJHS) community.

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Smoke Alarm Safety

Thanks so much to Fire Emergency New Zealand for visiting us and talking us through the importance of fire safety this week. We really appreciate you sharing your expertise.

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Important Dates: Term 3, 2021

  • Mon 26th July:     Term 3 starts
  • Tues 27th July:    Board Meeting (pm)
  • Tues 3rd Aug:      AJHS Open Evening
  • Thurs 5th Aug:    Option Evening
  • Tues 10th Aug:    Teacher only day
  • Friday 1st Oct:     Last day of term

Uniform Shop Changes Opening Times and Days

The uniform shop has new trading days and times. Effective from Term 3 2021, the uniform shop will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8.30am – 11.15am and 1.15pm – 3.30pm both days. Other days and times are available for urgencies and by appointment. 


Last fortnight we published an article about the success of our students at the Play it Strange Peace Song Competition 2021. We would like to clarify that these students that won the competition are from both AJHS and Rangitoto College, and that they are a part of the same band AMASZE.

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